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Peggie Rae Dragoo (Burkhamer) Jan. 1, 1932 - Dec. 11, 2014

Peggie was the first baby born in Cowlitz County (Kelso, Wash.) in 1932 to Homer Guy and Thelma Rae Burkhamer. When she was 13 her family moved to Hoquiam and purchased the Fairway Grocery on Sumner. She graduated from Hoquiam High School in 1950. She was a member of Peksu Club and H Club. At the age of 19, she managed Fairway #2 on Lincoln Street in Hoquiam.

Alfred Marion Torsvik

Alfred Marion Torsvik, a Centralia resident, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. He was born Aug. 13, 1928, at South Bend, Wash., to his parents, Albert and Fanny (Nybond) Torsvik. Alfred graduated South Bend High School in 1946. In 1950, Albert moved to Seattle and worked for Boeing Corporation for over 30 years. In 1986 he retired and moved to Centralia.

Maxine Lillian (Schierscher) Hamilton

Maxine Lillian Hamilton, nee Schierscher, devoted wife of William “Bill” E. Hamilton, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 16, 2014, while surrounded and cared for by her family. Born Sept. 4, 1930, in Kelso, she spent the first 40 years of her life in the area, graduating from R.A. Long High School in 1948, before moving to Grayland and later Westport. At the age of 19, she married her loving husband Bill on Feb. 23, 1950, in Lewiston, Idaho. In their 64 years of marriage, they owned and operated a successful logging business and motels. While being very active in each of the businesses, she found the time and energy to keep an immaculate house as well as a yard which she willingly shared with the local deer, rabbits and birds. She enjoyed working puzzles, cooking for the holidays and always looked forward to Christmas with gifts usually done by October.

John L. Hart

John L. Hart, 86 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam, Wash., area resident, died on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at Pacific Care Center in Hoquiam. He was born on Aug. 24, 1928, in Hoquiam to Lester C. and Ruth (Clark) Hart.

Cleo Boggs

Cleo Boggs, a longtime Raymond resident died peacefully in her home Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, while surrounded by her family. She was 88. Cleo was born March 2, 1926, at Pound, Va. to Clyde and Cora (Church) Stallard.

Patricia Ann Scheberle

Patricia Scheberle of Elma, Wash., went to be with our Lord on Dec. 10, 2014. She was born on Oct. 12, 1929, in Plattsmouth, Neb., to Frank and Marge Sanders. At age five, the family moved to Yakima, Wash. Pat graduated from Selah High School in 1947. Pat lived for many years in Yakima where she married and raised her children. In 1970 Pat and her husband, Bob Russell moved to Westport, Wash., where they owned and operated the Lighthouse Motel and Trailer Park until 1986. Bob died in 1987.

Linda Mae Solorio

Linda Mae Solorio, 61 years of age and a longtime Harborite, passed with family and friends surrounding her on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at her home in Ocosta, Wash. She was born on Sept 5, 1953, in Port Angeles, Wash. to Clifford E. and Elva Mae (Jacobs) Butterfield.

John H. (Jack) Krueger

A well-known Raymond resident since 1968 and former resident of Centralia, Wash., passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. He was born March 7, 1925. Jack managed the Village Green Apts. since 1989 and prior to that he was employed by the Dennis Company for 18 years as a sales manager for the beer distributorship. Before moving to Raymond he was employed by the City of Centralia as a meter reader for many years. While in Centralia he was involved in the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Little League. He is a life member of the Raymond Elks, a member of America Legion, VFW and Associated Life member of the Swiss Society. He served on the Pacific County Planning Commission and the Raymond Planning Commission.

Kenneth R. Snow Sr.

Longtime resident of Amanda Park, Kenneth R. Snow Sr. passed away at Grays Harbor Community Hospital on Dec. 1, 2014. Born on the family farm, Feb. 9, 1928 in Hooper, Colo., he was the son of Clarence and Lola Snow.

Lee A. Avery

Long time harbor resident of 58 years, Lee Avery passed away on November 24, 2014 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Wash. He was born on Aug. 19, 1927 in Buffalo, Mont. to Joseph and Vera (Kessel) Avery. The family moved to Shelton, Wash. when he was one year old, and he was raised and attended school there. He also attended the Electrical Apprenticeship in Everett, Wash. He was in the Merchant Marines for two years and served in the Marine Corp. for three years. Lee worked for Rayonier Inc. in Shelton, Weyerhaeuser Co. in Everett and transferred to Weyerhaeuser Pulp Mill in Cosmopolis, retiring in 1983 after 30 years with Weyerhaeuser as Chief Electrician.

Donald Lawrence Scoralle

Donald Lawrence Scoralle passed away Nov. 23, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He was born July 1, 1935, in Aberdeen, Wash. to Joseph Scoralle and Aurelia Miner. Don attended elementary school in Aberdeen and graduated from Weatherwax H.S. where he was a member of the National Honor Society and very active in sports, politics and band (he played trumpet). Don attended Grays Harbor JC and the University of Puget Sound.